Press Release

New Christienet™ Projector Management And Networking Solutions Feature More Powerful, Secured Monitoring And Control

AV to IT Solutions Connect Any Display Device to a Network for Complete Monitoring and Maintenance From Anywhere in the World

Atlanta, GA – InfoComm (June 9, 2004) – Christie Digital Systems, Inc., a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, introduces the latest generation of ChristieNET™ AV device management and control solutions for corporate and small offices, educational facilities, government, and dynamic signage. These include advancements in ChristieNET Connectivity Modules (CCM), the new ChristieNET SecureCCM, and the new ChristieNET Wireless Multimedia Portal (WMP).

Supporting every command and status capability for new and existing Christie projectors, as well as major commands and status capabilities for any controllable AV device, the ChristieNET Connectivity Modules (CCM) are RS232/IR to Ethernet adapters that enable full monitoring and control of any RS232 controllable device from anywhere in the world. The new ChristieNET CCM and SecureCCM feature embedded web servers to deliver out-of-the-box functionality and integration with any existing web browser interface, providing the ultimate in ease-of-use.

“For businesses operating in an increasingly connected world, being networked is no longer an option but a necessity. ChristieNET projector management solutions offer unprecedented connectivity options, significantly enhancing the audio-visual experience and allowing administrators more flexibility to deal with AV and projector issues via a network,” notes Max Kopsho, product manager, networking solutions, Christie.  “ChristieNET CCMs offer the widest selection and ultimate in flexibility for today’s highly sophisticated projection systems and display devices.”

Christie’s CCM products use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to provide full email support and complete SNMP integration, offering alerts via emails or in a Network Operation Center that uses an SNMP management solution. An IR sensor/transmitter controls all AV devices whether they have an RS232 port or not. For increased security, the ChristieNET SecureCCM uses 128-256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and is the first product of its kind to be certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) – mandatory requirements for government installations and applications.

The new ChristieNET Wireless Multimedia Portal (WMP) is ideal for projection full motion video and audio or showing DVD content wirelessly. Direct access to the video buffer delivers fast, jitter-free images at 30fps. Similar to the ChristieNET Wireless Presentation Portal, the ChristieNET WMP works with projectors or other presentation devices positioned anywhere in a room, while the user is free to move about during the presentation.

The modules feature HD15 and S-Video/Composite Interfaces to work with virtually any display device up to XGA resolution. They offer 64/128 bit WEP encryption as specified by the 802.11g standard, and is fully interoperable with any 802.11g and 802.11b-enabled computer/network.

Both Wireless Portals include a display-to-wireless adapter and a user-friendly software package that provide the freedom of wireless presentation. As wireless hubs, multiple users can access a single display device with little or no set-up time. Multiple presenters can also seamlessly ‘take turns’ with minimal interruption in the flow of the meeting. All ChristieNET products support both new and existing projectors, requiring minimal investment while providing maximum ROI.

An InfoComm first, Christie (booth #1943), Da-Lite Screen Company (#1017) and Magenta Research (#2069) will network select products on their booths to demonstrate real world applications for the converged IT and AV marketplace. Attendees will be able to interact with the ChristieNET-enabled displays and ISC-enabled Da-Lite screens while previewing Magenta’s MultiView product at all three booths.

All projectors and display devices previewed on Christie’s booth will be networked using ChristieNET. Today, nearly 10,000 projectors and display devices are using ChristieNET – more than any other networking solution on the market.


About Christie

Christie is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry.  With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. Christie has installed over 50,000 projectors worldwide. For more information,
visit www.christiedigital.com.